WAVE Bertha May Rasmussen rewinds a film used to project a target on the screen. The film is used during gunner training. Rasmussen taught men how to track and bring down the on-screen target – skills which would later be used in the field.
Check out the left-hand side of this photograph. Those are animated figures, included in training films to, in the words of the Navy, “add interest.” Here, Jane Orbison inserts the figures into the films at the Photo Science Lab in Anacostia, Washington, DC.
Here Come the WAVES debuted Christmas week, 1944. “Accentuate the Positive” was the musical number that was the biggest hit from the film. It was nominated for an Academy Award as best original song in 1945.
Betty Hutton as WAVE Rosemary Allison (she also played Rosemary’s twin sister Susie) in the film Here Come the WAVES. The film debuted during Christmas week 1944 and was shot on location at the Naval Air Station in San Diego. Rosemary was an air traffic controller in the film.
Here Come the WAVES previewed at the WAVES boot camp training facility at Hunter College and at the Naval Air Station in San Diego before the film’s premiere in New York City. The reason? The film was shot on location at the two facilities (as seen in the film still above) with WAVES acting as extras.
The 1945 romance features Barbara Stanwyck as a single-gal New York-dwelling food journalist Elizabeth Lane (think Martha Stewart if Martha Stewart couldn’t cook) and Dennis Morgan as Jefferson Jones, the hero sailor she’ll host for the holidays on “her” Connecticut farm.
Arrange it, are you crazy? Where am I gonna get a farm? I haven’t even got a window box!
Elizabeth Lane learning she’ll be hosting a sailor at “her” farm for Christmas.